CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 15, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 23


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 23

Monte Holland

This is the twenty-third in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/a-daily-online-lenten-study-guide-introduction/

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 22

 Today’s photographs feature the stained glass windows at the First Lutheran Church in Greensburg, PA.  To view click on: http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2010/03/daily-online-lenten-study-guide-day-23.html

~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Golden Rule

12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12

31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. Luke 6:31

     I think some people are surprised to learn that the Golden Rule comes from the Bible. They think of it as just good common sense. On the other hand, it’s much like an extension of the second part of the Great Commandment—don’t we all like to be loved by our neighbors? The Golden Rule tells us if we want to be loved, we should be fully obedient to the Great Commandment, including loving our neighbor.

     Sometimes people make our life difficult.

     I remember back over fifty years when I was in college. I had a chemistry class with a friend, Jim, who was in a fraternity. One of his fraternity brothers, Bob, was also in our class. One day, when there was an exam, Bob wasn’t prepared, and expected Jim to keep his paper exposed so that he could copy the answers. Jim was upset by this request, and didn’t comply.

     The Golden Rule doesn’t call for us to violate a Commandment (giving an answer dishonestly) just to help out a friend. After all, we should not want him to help us cheat either.

     In a popular TV ad right now, one person says to his buddies, “Friends don’t let friends watch cable TV. They make sure they have satellite TV.” This puts a positive spin on the Golden Rule: if you find something good, make sure you share it with your friends.

     On the negative side, the phrase “Finders keepers. Losers weepers,” expresses the opposite of the Golden Rule. No matter what we do, we continually are being challenged to make sure that our actions honor our neighbors.

     Currently, some people have unintentionally (in most cases) violated the Golden Rule. As a result, many people are losing homes to foreclosure because they can’t pay their mortgage. In neighborhoods where a number of homes go into foreclosure, the value of the other homes drops dramatically. Do you believe that the Golden Rule applies to not diminishing the value of your neighbor’s home?

EXERCISES: 

Exercise 1: You hang out with a group of close friends. One of them, John, goes out and is caught not only with drugs in his possession, but being “high.” Has John kept the spirit of the Golden Rule for his friends? 

Exercise 2: The world is caught up in a great mess right now with the financial meltdown. Cite some cases where individuals and/or companies or nations are reaping the rewards or penalties of forgetting the Golden Rule.

Continue on to the next lesson on A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: 24 by clicking on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 24

~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

If you would you like to receive notification of each new post on Carolyn’s Compositions, subscribe by typing your e-mail address in the SUBSCRIPTION box in the upper right hand column of this page. Notification will begin after you CONFIRM your subscription in an e-mail sent to you by wordpress for that purpose.

~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Monte and I welcome any comments you might have on the Lenten posts. Use the COMMENT box below to respond. For details on the COMMENT CONTEST click on: https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/monthly-prize-for-comments/

~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

ADDITIONAL READING:

RUSS’S ASSIGNMENT: WRITE CAROLYN’S EULOGY Lent Devotion

LET MIND GIVE WAY TO HEART

Earthquakes in (Southwestern) Pennsylvania

THIS IS A TEST: CAN I INSERT PHOTOS IN THE POST TEXT?

A Chilean’s Thoughts on the Chilean Earthquake

Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

What is your opinion?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: